Students to go Into Orbit at 2018 First Lego League Challenge in Carramar

St Stephen’s School student Braden Gostlow is preparing for the 2018 First Lego League Challenge.
St Stephen’s School student Braden Gostlow is preparing for the 2018 First Lego League Challenge.

MORE than 300 students from around the state will go Into Orbit when the 2018 First Lego League Challenge is held in Carramar this Saturday.

After months of designing and programming Lego Mindstorms robots, almost 40 teams – some travelling from as far as Mount Magnet – will descend on St Stephen’s School to solve physical and social problems faced by humans during space exploration.

These include the need for air and water, or isolation that affects humans during long-term space exploration.

Teams will be judged on the challenge rounds, the design of their robots and their core values, which must align with the First Corporation’s values of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun.

Each team will be vying for a spot in the Australian National Tournament, where a win there could see them compete at an international level.

St Stephen’s School student Ryan Langford.

This is the second year the event has been held at St Stephen’s School, which will enter four teams from both its Carramar and Duncraig primary and secondary classes.

Principal Donella Beare said the school community was excited for the upcoming event, following last year’s success.

“The excitement, atmosphere and team spirit of last year’s event is sure to continue at this year’s celebration, with more people and teams showing interest in the competition and opportunities it provides the students to grow,” she said.

The day will run from 8.30am to 5pm with an opening ceremony, music and passionate teams decked out in costumes and colour.